Happiness and aging in the US: A study by the Brookings Institution

Posted by Scott, Volunteer Mentor @IndianaScott, Dec 8, 2020

I found this study interesting on happiness and aging in the US. Completed by the well-respected Brookings Institution, others here might find it of interest, especially as they discuss the differences they see in the USA versus other developed countries.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/12/07/happiness-and-aging-in-the-us-why-it-is-different-from-other-places-and-why-it-matters/
Strength, Courage, and Peace to all

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@ess77

Good morning, nannette1941! Well, I see you survived the night, as did all my sweet plants!!!! They did quite well, even my little 'Vanda' orchid, hanging on the crepe myrtle tree on the deck. I have it on a limb, sheltered frome the cold wind by the fence. I'ts happy this morning and the large bud growing bigger by the moment is getting rreally huge, ready to open soon. I'll send you a pic. when it opens. Where in France were you born? Wish you'd tell me a little about life there….that was during the war? How and when did you get to the states? Sounds like you've had quite an interesting life and accomplished a lot…..poetry I love!! Can you send any info re your book? I'd love to read some of your writing……also, I so jealous that you cook, that you're a gourmet. How wonderful to be able to give to your friends and family through your love of cooking. I wanted to learn more and more, even learned from French Gourmet on tv! But, stopped that journey as I worked long hours in retirement administration and then owned my own shop…..2 very different areas of life's work, but I loved and enjoyed them both. Both had to do with helping others, working with folks to make their lives better, I guess. Think that was something I was supposed to do with my life. Sad I didn't do a better job of it, tho! Oh, well, did my best.. I'm having to work on accetance. Acceptance of where I am right this minute. In life. Acceptance of my age….yes, the number and the consequences! Mostly, acceptance of me, me today, possibility of me tomorrow and my memories of me yesterday. Tough place. But, Not so much of yesterday anymore! Milestone. More now of today and hope for tomorrow. getting there. Again, glad you had a good rest and woke up today with a new vision! Careful not to overdo!!!!! Blessings. Elizabeth

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I was born in Belfort, a small town surrounded by Germany and Switzerland, I was born at the end of WWII. I came to the US (Evanston Illinois) in 1964 to get married. Today, "Acceptance" of my age and the mistakes I made not being to change these, are my greatest challenges and the source of most of my depression. I would love to write to you on a personal basis, is there a way for me to communicate my personal email address?

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I was born in Belfort, a small town surrounded by Germany and Switzerland, I was born at the end of WWII. I came to the US (Evanston Illinois) in 1964 to get married. Today, "Acceptance" of my age and the mistakes I made not being to change these, are my greatest challenges and the source of most of my depression. I would love to write to you on a personal basis, is there a way for me to communicate my personal email address?

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@nannette1941- Thank you for such a nice compliment of wanting to get closer. One of the things that I love about Connect is sharing with everyone and reading all of the various replies and opinions.

I prefer landscape painting. There's just something about being outside to paint. But I haven't been motivated to do so for a while. My husband was a fisherman and fisheries manager commissioner. He wrote about the history and techniques of fishing in both the sport and commercial fisheries. I drew fish and lures! lol.

What do you like to paint? What is delaying your second operation?

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Hi @nannette1941
I see that you have asked to share personal emails or how to message more personally on this forum. You can send private messages to members. Learn more here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/

However, I like to point out that writing private messages or moving to personal email takes you away from the group conversation around the kitchen table (figuratively speaking). When I see discussions like this one, I like to imagine a kitchen, where we're all sharing a cup of coffee or perhaps we're preparing a meal together. The conversation continues when someone has to leave or new people arrive. Not only that, you can jump into multiple conversations. You're welcome at any of these virtual kitchen tables.

You mention that you are a poet and painter. I think you might like to join this discussion:
– Art for Healing https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/art-for-healing/

Like @merpreb, I'd like to know what you like to paint. What's your favorite subject to capture with watercolors?

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I receive a weekly email from McMaster Optimal Aging Portal. This week they had a link to a Canadian articale about Men's Health and aging https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/hitting-the-headlines/detail/hitting-the-headlines/2021/06/22/canadian-men-s-health-month-modifying-your-lifestyle-to-age-well

It seems this would be great for people of all nations, men and women! What do you think?
Ginger

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